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Jodie McKague Communications » Building Blocks: Four trends shaping architecture in Alberta
"Culturally, we need to move away from a mindset that sees beauty, quality and sustainability as luxury items in buildings," says Brian Sinclair, a professor at the University of Calgary and author of Culture, Context and the Pursuit of Sustainability.
"When we are so willing to separate out such items, they often become the low-hanging fruit that gets edited out of buildings through the value engineering exercises so common in our field.
Sinclair says not investing in architecture, interiors, streets and landscapes creates negative impacts on people using those spaces.
Brian R. Sinclair, FRAIC AIA(Intl) Brian R. Sinclair is Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design, and former Dean, in Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS).
For the past several years he has served in the unique position of Presidential Advisor on Design + Sustainability at the University of Calgary, Canada. In this capacity he oversaw, advised, inspired and influenced the institution regarding all aspects of landscape, urban, architectural, interior design and sustainability.
Prior to assuming the deanship at Calgary, he was Chair of the nationally-ranked Architecture school at Ball State University in the USA.
Brian holds postgraduate degrees in the fields of both architecture and psychology.
His expertise, experience and engagement spans the breadth from science to art.
He is an educator and practitioner, an academic and an administrator.
Professional memberships include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
Involved extensively in development activities worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the Asian region, he is the only foreign member of the Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA) and the Union of Mongolian Architects (UMA).
International board memberships include the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) and the Toda Institute for Global Peace + Policy Research.
Professor Sinclair is a Board Member of the Evergreen Foundation and the Van Horne Institute of International Transportation + Regulatory Affairs.
He is a past Senator at the University of Calgary, a presiding Governor of the Architectural Foundation of Alberta, an associate with the University of Calgary's Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment & Economy, member of the Board of Governor's Committee on Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, and member of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).
Professor Sinclair is the recipient of numerous honors, including Distinguished Scholar awards from UNESCO and the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research & Cybernetics.
He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri.
Brian Sinclair, ...
Brian Sinclair, AIA
Dean & Professor, University of Calgary
State of Education : Education : Publications : IIDA
"The ability to model and visualize environments using advanced computer systems is a big leap forward," says Brian Sinclair, MRAIC, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.
"The academy is now realizing that many conventional pathways are dead-ending," Sinclair
"Our associated disciplines, while evoking interdisciplinary thought internally, often fail to collaborate to common advantage.
Turf wars and boundary disputes get in the way of our moving design forward - seeking title protection and scope legislation, while with justification - run the risk of further encouraging that fragmentation and separation."
believes the solution lies in multidisciplinary, rather than segregated accreditation and has even called for omnibus legislation to that end.
ARCC - Architectural Research Centers Consortium
Brian Sinclair, University of Calgary